Only those struggling need reminders of God’s love.
No one has ever made an appointment to visit me because life has treated them awesomely, to talk over a promotion or boast of new grandchild. No they call for an appointment when they have no where else to turn. They call me to visit them when in the hospital, especially the emergency room, when the future looks messy and hopeless.
For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
— Romans 8:36 or Psalm 44:22
All I can do in such circumstances is to remind them of God’s presence in all things, to remind people of how the Holy Spirit has bound us together into a community of faith, supporting one another, of how the Father’s gift of healing has become manifest through science and medicine, of how Christ’s gift of grace allows us to see past our own short comings to the power of having His spirit living within those who trust in. And sometimes that is enough.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers, neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
— Romans 8:38-39
I will have more to say about Romans 8:26-39 on Sunday, July 30th at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor